The Mysterious Disappearance Of Cult Movie Queen Peggy Church!
I love finding classic cult films from the 70’s, and am always interested in reading more about the stars who appeared in them…but in this case, it led to a mystery I haven’t found an answer for!
“A Touch Of Sweden”
It all started when I came across this poster. I never heard of this 1971 slice of euro-sleaze, but do you see who the star was?
Uschi Digard – although spelled DIGART here, is one of cult cinema’s superstars…she made dozens and dozens of films, always willing to showcase her assets – more on her later.
I was curious who else was in the film, which led me to Peggy Church – a very brief bio on IMDB.com says she was born in Virginia in 1954, and it lists some great cult film credits and that’s it – so let’s take a look at what made me so fascinated by her life and career!
Peggy acted in a number of cult gems for a short period of time in the early 70’s, beginning with this one:
“The Big Snatch!”
This gritty 1971 film told a sordid tale: an evil hillbilly in a pickup truck kidnaps 5 women off the street, intending to make them his sex slaves!
As you can see, Peggy bared all in this rough tale, which has had several DVD releases over the years.
This one has some wild scenes, in keeping with grindhouse films of that time – including the scene where she is used as a nude car decal:
Several small roles followed the next year, along with a great slice of sexploitation:
“The Pigkeepers Daughter”
You get the idea: this “hicksploitation” classic showed how girls on the farm found creative ways to take their clothes off and roll around in the hay!
This era of Grindhouse cinema included the “hicksploitation” genre – you know, “farmer’s daughters” who needed a man!
Look who else appeared in the film:
Yes, Gina Paluzzi’s film roles really packed a punch – so what happened to her?
Click here for that mystery:
As for Church, online searches reveal a few other film roles, and some still from a film called “Pastries” as well:
Here’s how it was described in IMDB.com:
“Pastries is a comedy-farce, coupled with explicit sexual experiences designed for erotic excitement and pleasure. It is one of the biggest orgasmistic films ever made.”
Except it was mostly a collection of scenes with Cult Movie Queens like Sandy Dempsey, pulled from other films!
Here’s one of Peggy’s biggest roles:
“The All American Girl”
Peggy was also the “All American Girl” in 1973 – again, willing to bare all for the role:
Here’s the plot:
Debbie’s boyfriend Bobby has left for Guatemala for three months and Debbie is expecting a boring summer. But then she hasn’t considered her neighbors and their 15-year old son Johnny.
I found a link to the whole movie online, but no trailers at all, and almost nothing for her next film but this poster:
What a poster! As you can see, Peggy was appearing in all sorts of cult films that played grindhouse theaters as well as drive-ins across the country.
Look at this great Stewardess film – AND in 3D!
Hard to find anything on this film other than the poster as well, but Peggy was in it, and then guess what:
There are no pictures of her, no update on what she did next or why she dropped out of film. After a short but terrific run in cult cinema, Peggy disappeared!
If anyone knows please post a note and let us know!
I’ve focused on other disappearing cult movie Queens in the past:
Laura Cannon had a short career in some really rough grindhouse films – including XXX-rated, and was the first hardcore Actress to be featured nude in Playboy, before she disappeared from movie screens as well – here’s her story:
I mentioned that Uschi Digard was also in a number of films with Peggy:
She’s an Icon, and The Rialto Report has a great recent interview with this notoriously-shy star…click here for her greatest hits!
And if you like the “hicksploitation” genre, try “Peggy Sue” out for size:
Colleen Brennan and Sharon Kelly were the same person, but what a wide range of wild films!
See her best credits under both names by clicking here:
Cult Actress Sandy Dempsey also appeared with Peggy in a number of films, like “A Touch Of Sweden”:
Dempsey had a great cult film career, but she also disappeared from the spotlight – see her greatest hits here:
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